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U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessels

1835-1945

To access the ship listings click on this photograph or click "Enter."



The ammunition ship USS Rainier (AE-5) replenishing USS Antietam (CV-36) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in 1952.

This portion of the Shipscribe site contains reference information on the auxiliary vessels of the United States Navy that were on hand or added to the force between 1835 and 1945.  For each ship the site provides name and classification, technical specifications, procurement history, and dates of and other relevant data on construction, commissioning, and disposal.  Changes in this information that occurred during the ship's career are identified, including those after 1945, but other career details, notably operational history, are outside the scope of this work. 


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Ships are listed by type using standard U. S. Navy classifications (AD: Destroyer Tender, etc.) and class.  To proceed to the ship class pages, click "Enter" above or click on the photograph at the top of this page to access the main ship type page.  For each type, if you want full data on the classes with links to their photographs, click the link on the left; if you want to go directly to the photographs, click the link on the right. The Quick Links Menu is an alphabetical listing of ship types with direct links to them.


New!! Information Posted Recently

2015-2017: With Rif Winfield wrote book French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1626-1786.
April 2015: Added U.S. Navy "Spring Styles" section.
2013-2015: With Rif Winfield wrote book French Warships in the Age of Sail, 1786-1861.
June-July 2013: Posted five small early ships, including four exploration and surveying ships, in the AG section and 12 sailing storeships (two with auxiliary steam) in the AF section. This completes the auxiliary vessels portion of this site back to the construction of the Navy's first purpose-built auxiliary vessel, USS Relief, in 1835-1836.

For a log of additions to the auxiliary vessels portion of this site since June 2000 click here.



This site is a cyber sequel to the book Register of Ships of the U. S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants, by K. Jack Bauer and Stephen S. Roberts, published by Greenwood Press in 1991.  It emulates the scope and format of that volume and uses the same nomenclature and abbreviations.  For more information on Major Combatants follow these links to descriptions by two on-line retailers:



Whenever possible, representative photographs have been provided for each ship class. They are primarily from the U. S. Naval History and Heritage Command and from Record Groups 19-LCM and 80-G at the U. S. National Archives. Unlike the other information on this site, all of which is copyright © by Stephen S. Roberts, all photographs that originated from U.S. Government collections or that have U.S. Government file numbers are believed to be in the public domain. For most classes, the photographs provided here are only a small proportion of those in existence.

For a major online resource on photographs of U. S. Navy ships, follow this link for instructions on how to access the Online Library of Selected Images created by the U. S. Naval Historical Center and now maintained privately:

Online Library of Selected Images

Note: The Naval Historical Center was renamed the Naval History and Heritage Command in December 2008.
The new name is now used in the Shipscribe site, although some references to the old name may remain.


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This entire site, including all its pages, is copyright © Stephen S. Roberts, 2001-2017 or later as indicated.